The great irony of this part of the story is that those who today most loudly denounce the historic crimes of Western imperialism are working within an intellectual framework generated by the German philosophy of either Marx, Nietzsche, or Heidegger, whose followers not only have records for homicide that are unequalled in human history, but who are themselves all ultimately indebted to the same Hegelianism
that was used to sanction British imperialism at its highest stage.
Yet, once again, readers should be struck by this book's subsequent insights, implicitly illuminating what could be recognized as Moore's inadvertent (elements of) Hegelianism
, for example, the following five: that an individual's good must be part of a universal good, by contrast to personal or egoistic interests; or in Moore's doctrine of organic unities, that the value of complex wholes is not reducible to that of constituent parts; or that the task of philosophy is represented in the hermeneutic adage that "to understand anything is to understand everything"; or in numerous references to Moore's dialectical method of philosophisizing; or in the metamaxim that "the goal of philosophy is to end philosophy.
Originating in the 1930s in Moritz Schlick's seminar at the University of Vienna, aptly called the Vienna Circle, at a time when Hegelianism
was the reigning philosophy and Heiddeger's writings were becoming known, the positivists' attack on metaphysics was two pronged: application of the verifiability criterion of meaning and use of the recently developed techniques of symbolic logic to show that the kinds of questions addressed by these systems of philosophy violate the underlying "logical form" of language and thus are meaningless.
Hermann's approach to the order of the dialogues is thoroughly dated; it betrays the obsession with process and development of decaying Hegelianism
Opitz, explains Voegelin's attempt at unveiling the essentially religious character in the ideological mass movements of the first half of the twentieth century, from Hegelianism
A rival and very different form of analytic Hegelianism
is currently being developed by McDowell, who is critical of social justificationist readings of Wittgenstein and Sellars, assumed by Rorty, as well as his own colleague, Brandom.
On Heidegger's Hegelianism
, Janicaud, who raises the question "Isn't Heidegger's thought forever tied to a Hegelian heritage?
He ends by offering his version of Hegelianism
as a way to finally take us "Beyond the Enlightenment Project.
In these pages one discovers many important elements of Kierkegaard's ongoing critique of Hegelianism
as an ethically sterile and self-deifying system, his polemic against modern biblical criticism, and his assessment of the modern world as trapped in a vicious cycle of amusement and meaninglessness: "many people's lives go on in such a way that they have premises for living but do not arrive at any conclusion" (p.
The Kierkegaardian critique of Hegelianism
which occasionally surfaces in these volumes thus has a much more universal scope.
Finally, while Barry Cooper, The End of History: An Essay on Modern Hegelianism
(Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1984), might be excused for not referring to the Esquisse given the fact that his book was published but three years after the Esquisse, it would be strange if he was unaware of the manuscript given the number of individuals familiar with Kojeve whom he acknowledges in the preface.
For Fackenheim, "It is no accident that existentialists tend to see the decisive event for modern metaphysics in the collapse of Hegelianism
in the middle of the nineteenth century; and it is a most suggestive fact that practically every existentialist seems to have to struggle with Hegel.